Ashfield, December 2010
I am a mother of a 10 year old boy with Aspergers, ODD, ADHD, Anxiety and Learning Difficulties. My child was born in March 2000. The first 4 days of his life were bliss but after that it went pear shape. My son was very unsettled extremely difficult, hard to put to sleep, had bad reflux and so was difficult to feed to name a few things. And so began my road of searching for what was wrong. I tirelessly went to doctors, specialists and paediatricians who basically told me I was a neurotic first time mother. But I never gave up and continued to seek out anything and everything looking for help and answers.
The first year of schooling was a disaster as my child’s behaviour saw him on the naughty chair earning him the label of being the naughty child and I was the bad parent. This label did a lot of damage and took many years to undo. It was not until the end of 2006 at age six and a half did we finally get the diagnosis of an Autistic Spectrum Disorder which was later upgraded to all the above and suddenly it all made sense, but still no path I had crossed really helped my child.
Although we were extremely against medicating our child we relented nearly 12 months later towards the end of 2007 as I had seen first hand how difficult my child was at school. Initially the school reported what a difference the medication had made but as time went on I was not so sure and so began the experimental process with different dosages.
By 2010 we were now on our fourth school and had had several suspensions and I really knew this medication along with everything I was trying by way of intervention was not working and so began the experiment with different meds once again. We tried the “preferred” Ritalin but this only made things worse. This left me with the choice to either dope my child up or give him another medicine which is known to make children pile on weight.
As either option was not an option for us I decided to Google for an alternative DRUG FREE remedy. I came across Neurofeedback. I had two choices. A lovely man in Crows Nest, however, this is all he did or
Learning Discoveries in Harris Park run by Rosemary Boon who seemed to be a one stop shop as they offered a holistic approach. I went for the latter and on the 13th July 2010 (our first appointment),
Rosemary Boon became a big part of our lives and we have never looked back. In fact this is the only thing I have done for my child that actually worked.
It has now been only 5 short months but the change in my son is dramatic and seen across the home life but more importantly at school. He has better concentration and is able to apply himself and do his work and is overall more “normal” in his behaviour. As Rosemary put it herself my child was “Feral” when she first met him but she could see his softer side and she knew with a team approach we could help my little boy blossom – and he truly has.
I will not lie it was a huge commitment in both our time and financially but we feel it has been very worthwhile. Initially we did two appointments a day to really kick start his treatment and this meant time off school as well, but when he did return to school it was success all round. Of course we had our up and downs and I remember the school calling me up at lunch time to come and get him otherwise there may have been another suspension. I did this and rushed him out for an emergency appointment to Rosemary. The next day the school were in awe of Rosemary’s methods as it had made the most incredible difference in a positive way to my child’s behaviour.
I can not recommend Rosemary and her team enough. I guess if you are reading this then you need her help as well. My only advice would be to stop wasting any more time and start as soon as possible. Be open minded, be teachable to new ways and ideas especially to what you are eating and then sit back and enjoy the changes in your life as we have had.
GOOD LUCK! You will be all the more better for finding Rosemary and her team.